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Friday, December 19, 2014

Psychedelic art made out of drops of paint

Bruce Riley is a Chicago-based artist who creates beautifull, interesting and unique paintings. The abstract organic forms are made from layer after layer of dripped paint and poured resin.

Riley works using a number of experimental techniques, frequently incorporating mistakes and unexpected occurrences into the thick paintings.

You can see more of his paintings on

Friday, December 12, 2014

Flopy Disk paintings by Nick Gentry

A man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. If you stil have flopy disks at home don’t thow them away. Artist Nick Gentry can make beautiful pieces of art out of them.

He is a British artist from London. He states that through this process "contributor, artist and viewer come closer together".

His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology, identity and cyberculture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media.

His works have been featured in galleries in the UK, USA and in cities throughout the world.

See more of Nick Gentry's works at

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grotto Sauna for winter cold days

 In these cold days of summer, a hot place is a must.

The Grotto Sauna perched at the north-west edge of a private island in Toronto, Canada is not only a cool place to relax, but also has a beautiful smooth design. The 800-square-foot freestanding sauna carefully sits on the island's prehistoric rock formations.

The builders are the PARTISANS.  They’ve selected a concept of solid, simple presence on the exterior, while the interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms.

To minimize disturbance of the age-old rock, PARTISANS used a Leica 3D scanner to create a site model before working on the freestanding sauna design.

See more on PARTISANS site:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Amazing carvings in New Mexico caves

For the last 10 years, artist Ra Paulette carved a sandstone cave in New Mexico’s desert.

Paulette created different designs and styles for every cavern, giving each one very specific qualities and textures. He carved over  14 different caves in the desert outside of San Jose.
No two of Paulette's caves are alike. Some feature under-size doors or skylights that let the sun in, while other include benches carved into the wall. The walls are also decorated with designs from flowers to abstract formes.

The purpose of this gigantic artwork is to create an environment that would inspire “spiritual renewal and personal well being.” It will also serve as a venue for artistic events once it’s finished.

See the documentary of Ra Paulette's carvings: